Being Active Post-transplant

Being Healthy and Active is an essential component in the development of all children. It helps young people gain essential skills such as teamwork and communication as well as develop personal skills such as confidence and leadership.


The benefits of participating in sport for young transplant recipients has been researched worldwide, with the following benefits highlighted:

  • Improved fitness
  • Builds confidence and leadership
  • Strengthens bones
  • Promote teamwork
  • Improves communication skills
  • Provides a fun platform to interact with other youth
  • Promotes a positive attitude

The WTGF encourages both participating in group sports and individual movement to get you, our youth, moving and active.

“Sports are the greatest tool we have in today’s society to help children develop positive character traits and life values” Greg Bach (Sr. Director of Communications & Content for the National Alliance for Youth Sports)

A wide range of physical activity at any age is encouraged.

Initially, after a transplant, many children find that they have more energy and will most likely want to get active again.  You should start off gradually and gently and slowly increase your level of activity. Most transplant centres will offer you advice and even exercise programs to help you make this transition. Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask your transplant team and even your family doctor for guidelines.  Each transplant and case will differ so ask about which sports are best for you or your child. Set some goals and allow some time to gradually work up to achieving them.


Most of our member countries around the world have their own youth programs, so make sure you and your family connect with our member country organisations and join other youth / families who can offer support.

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